By Nicky / Last Updated December 30, 2020

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Can I transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos?

“I have been using Dropbox to store my photos. Recently, I found that Google Photos provides a more attractive storage plan, so I plan to move all photos from Dropbox to Google Photos. Do you know what is the easiest way to do that? Thanks for your kindly reply in advance!”

Why move Dropbox to Google Photos?

As we all know, cloud storage is the most popular photo cloud storage for the majority of users since most cloud storage provides users with generous free storage space, reasonable paid plans, advanced features as well as useful upload apps. Among them, Dropbox and Google Photos are favored by many users. Although Dropbox and Google Photos are both popular online storage, Google Photos has more advantages than Dropbox in storing photos and videos.

It provides up to 15GB of space for free, which is much more than the free storage of Dropbox. And you can upgrade through the Google One subscription plan, starting at $1.99 per month (100GB) only. What’s more, Google Photos offers unlimited storage as long as your settings and select "High Quality" to allow automatic compression for uploading. The resolution of photos is limited to 16MP, while videos are compressed to 1080p.

It is not hard to see that storage space may be the most important reason that users want to move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos. However, no matter what reason you want to move your photos for, you must want to know what is the easiest way to achieve that. In the following contents, we will show you the top 3 ways to move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos efficiently.

How to add Dropbox photos to Google Photos?

There are 3 different ways to add Dropbox photos to Google Photos. If you are using the web app of both Dropbox and Google Photos, you can follow the first way. If you are using the desktop app of Dropbox and Google Photos, the second way is more suitable. If you need the most efficient way to do that, you can turn to the third way directly.

Way 1. Backup by downloading and uploading

Since both Dropbox and Google Photos offers a web app for easier files uploading and downloading, you can move files between the two online storage through the web app. Please check the steps:

1. Go to dropbox.com and sign in to your Dropbox account.

2. Find the file you want to backup to PC, click on More (three dots) on the right of the file column, and choose Download.

Dropbox Download

1. Go to photos.google.com, and log in with your Google account.

2. Click Upload in the upper right corner, select Computer, and upload the folder where the photos are stored to Google Photos.

Google Photos Upload

Way 2. Move via the Google Backup and Sync

To help users sync files to cloud automatically, both Dropbox and Google released their own desktop app. Generally, after installing and setting up, they will create a folder on your computer to achieve the two-way sync. Therefore, if you have had the two apps, you can let Google Photos sync the Dropbox folder automatically.

1. Download the Dropbox app and install it on your PC.

2. After installing them on your PC, you will find Dropbox on your computer. All of your files in the Dropbox folder also will be shown in this folder.

Dropbox Folder

3. Download and install Google Backup and Sync (desktop app for Google Photos) on your computer and log in with your Google account.

4. After logging in, you will be asked which folders to sync, and select the Dropbox folder on your computer. Under the Google Photos section, check Upload photos and videos to Google Photos.

Sync Photos

5. After selecting, the application will sync Dropbox folder to Google Photos.

Way 3. Migrate with a third-party tool

Besides the two ways above, the most efficient way should be using a professional third-party tool like MultCloud, which is a web-based cloud storage manager that can help transfer files, documents, photos, programs, projects, etc. from one cloud to another directly. You can follow the steps:

1. Go to the MultCloud website and sign up first. Then, sign in to your account.

2. Add your Dropbox and Google Photos to MultCloud one by one.

Add Cloud

3. Click on Cloud Transfer button on the tab, if all the files in your Dropbox accounts are images, select Dropbox as the source and Albums under Google Photos as the destination. Then, click on Transfer Now to perform the operation.

Cloud Transfer

Tip: How to get more Google Cloud space for photos?

As mentioned above, Google Photos offers unlimited storage for high-quality photos and videos only. If you want to upload photos or videos in original quality, it will take up the storage space of Google Drive. And according to the latest news, Google Photos will end the unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021.

If you don’t plan to upgrade your free account, you must need a way to get more Google cloud space for your photos for free. Actually, there is a trick that can help you. You can use a too called CBackupper to combine the free space in multiple cloud drive accounts belonging to one or multiple cloud storage into a large, even unlimited cloud backup space. Let’s see how to achieve that with CBackupper:

1. CBackupper is a web-based service so you don’t need to download or install any app. Just go to the website of CBackupper, type your email, password, and name to create an account and sign in.

Add Source

2. Under Clouds tab, click Add Clouds to select the cloud you want to add and follow the instructions to grant CBackupper access to the account. You can add multiple accounts in the same way to expand your backup space.

Add Cloud

The above operations are done through the web app of Backupper. In fact, there is also a desktop client of Backupper that can help you back up computer files to its huge and secure cloud called AOMEI Cloud. What’s more, this PC client of CBackupper offers a 15-day free trial with 1000 GB of huge backup space. If you meet any problems when using Google Photos, you can turn to CBackupper at any time.

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Final words

The 3 ways above can help you move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos with ease and you can choose one way to follow according to your requirements. If needed, don’t forget to get more free storage space with the web app of CBackupper or use the CBackupper PC client as a Google Photos alternative.